How Will Texas Rangers Fare Without Ronald Guzman?
By Kenneth Nash
How will the Texas Rangers fare with starting first baseman, Ronald Guzman, headed to the 10-day IL?
The Texas Rangers were dealt an extra blow after dropping a second straight game to the Los Angeles Angels. Starting first baseman, Ronald Guzman, had to exit Saturday’s game with a right hamstring injury after legging out a double. Guzman had an MRI and was diagnosed with a Grade 2 Hamstring Sprain and now has been placed on the 10-Day Injured List.
Who Steps In?
To correspond with the IL move, the Rangers have called up Patrick Wisdom from Triple-A Nashville to fill the void. Wisdom was acquired by Texas this past offseason from the Cardinals in exchange for utility-man Drew Robinson. In 2018, Wisdom appeared in 32 games for St. Louis hitting .260 with a .882 OPS. With Nashville this season, Wisdom was with 3 for his first 12 at-bats with a homer and 3 RBI.
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Wisdom fills the Guzman void by way of his utility-man defensive capabilities. A third baseman by trade, Wisdom also has spent time at first and likely will pair with Logan Forsythe to handle the job until Guzman can return.
Logan Forsythe is getting the start at first base on Sunday, the first game without Guzman.
Joey Gallo Won’t Move Back to 1B
Some fans have raised the question of Joey Gallo moving back to first base in Guzman’s absence opening up a potential hole in left field. That would allow Texas to promote top, young slugger, Willie Calhoun from Triple-A Nashville. The Texas Rangers have been reluctant to move Gallo away from the outfield where they feel his long-term future lies.